Design Unleashed

  • Designer Kimberley Seldon placed an enormous ancient mill stone from Italy dead centre and aligned it with the front door, immediately creating a sense of order in the space.
  • Custom arm chairs flank a metal drum which acts as a coffee table, providing a perfect perch for quiet contemplation.
  • It's not uncommon to find large columns poorly placed in new condos but again, it makes decorating a wee bit more challenging. To give the column a sense of purpose Kimberley placed a tall wooden Buddha in front of the structural feature.
  • The comfy grey sectional (Jamie Alexander) surrounds a round wood coffee table from West Elm. Colourful salmon and navy pillows from ELTE fill the space with colour.
  • Behind the sectional, a low Asian bench tucks beneath a sofa table.
  • Sculptural pieces like the Buddha and bronze leaf offer big style statements.

Interior Design by Kimberley Seldon Design Group
Photography by Ted Yarwood

Who doesn’t want to feel zen at home?

Easier said than done when you have challenging spaces to decorate—like the pie-shaped entry hall that greets you as you enter the front door of this urban condo.

The cool couple who live here had lots of ideas when it came to decorating. They wanted to display some of the treasures they’ve collected on their extensive travels for instance. But when it came to the sitting area…they were stumped. How to deal with a severely pie-shaped space?

Sunny Mudroom

Home Tour - KS19

Bright colours and playful accents such as the spool “hooks” and hook rug bench give this mudroom its sunny disposition. But good looks aren’t enough. A mudroom also has to be easy to clean and resistant to the muck and rain that comes with spring’s weather. Opt for floors in natural stone (slate and limestone are gorgeous) or honed ceramics. Avoid flat paint which is difficult to clean. And have plenty of storage to keep clutter out of sight.

Dabble Digs Spring

Beaded Beauties
These handmade canisters add a lovely pop of colour to your makeup vanity. House jewellery or cotton balls in discreet style.

Beaded Canisters,
Set of 3 CA$46, Zenporium
www.zenporium.com

Dabble Digs - Zenporium Beaded Round Bowl w lid

Pillow Talk
No two are alike. Add personality to a boring sofa with hand painted ombre pillows.

Bronze & Silver Ombre Pillows,
The Alloy Textile Collection
CA$195, Amanda Hamilton Design
www.amandahamiltondesign.com

Dabble Digs - AHID_PaintedPillow 004 copy

 

Scandinavian Seating
Artful furniture makes a statement in any space. Place this bench in your entry for insta-style.

Krone Hanssen Sparken Bench,
US$2,265, Huset
www.huset-shop.com

Dabble Digs - Krone Hanssen Sparken Bench 1 copy

Rad Rug
You don’t have to spend big money to add pattern and comfort under foot. Define a living room space with a large rug.

Kalat (beige & brown), 8×10
CA$2,245, Elte Market
www.eltemkt.com

Dabble Digs - Kalat Rug

Packaged Delivery
Fun! Receive a box full of vintage items at your doorstep once a month.

US$50/month, Frankie & Albert
www.frankieandalbert.com

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Gorgeous Gypsum
How great would a couple of these hand cast gypsum pendants look over your kitchen island? Designed by Simon Katz and Peter Coolican, create big impact for a steal!

Pendant Light in Gypsum
CA$196, Coolican & Company
www.coolicanandcompany.com

Dabble Digs - pendant on white

Ant Eater
LOL. Your guests will get a chuckle out of Hector Serrano’s creation of ants carrying away their appetizers.

Working Ant Party Picks,
Set of 20 CA$10, Kikkerland
www.kikkerland.com

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Take 3: Closet Case

Always ready to serve, the humble closet has so much potential as a design element. Ready to ditch those drab “builder’s special” closet doors? Dabble has three stylishly innovative solutions to give your entrance closet the welcome attention it deserves.

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Photography by Simon Burn

ONE:

Bold Barn
Who knew anything labelled “barn” could be so sleek and modern? This industrial stainless steel barn door provides simple sliding closet access. Backpainted glass offers a gentle glow from reflecting sunlight and sultry sparkle at night.

Dabble Savvy: Tempered glass is heavy. To accommodate the weight load, it’s critical to provide appropriate blocking (support) inside walls.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

TWO:

Ditch the Doors
Who says there has to be a closet in the foyer? This quick and easy update takes the entry from blah to BLAM. Remove the original doors and add a bench, providing a soft landing for changing shoes. We’ve added hooks on either side of the alcove to flaunt seasonal necessities.

Dabble Savvy: If you require storage, swap out the bench for a 3-drawer chest or even an armoire.

Design Tip: Choose a highly patterned rug for an entry to hide everyday dirt.Instead of art, try a large floor mirror behind the bench to give the illusion of more space.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

THREE:

Perfect Portrait
Create an elegant entrance by backing tempered glass doors with a black and white image on vinyl film. The high contrast between black walls and photographic doors puts this focal point in sharp focus.

Dabble Savvy: For traditional spaces, search architectural salvage shops for interesting and original doors as an alternative to glass.

 

David Carter Pulls Focus

British designer David Carter is an attention seeker.  It’s obvious.

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Look how deftly he pulls us into this foyer, by cleverly directing our attention to the handsome painting at eye level.  The graphic pillows create a frame which narrows our vision to the painting above.

Proof that when no natural focal point exists….it’s the designer’s job to create one.

Take 3: Vanity Insanity

At first blush, a vanity table may seem like an outmoded, though elegant, means of dressing—something your grandma used. If you’re tired of leaning over the bathroom sink for a view of your face, retrieving your makeup brush from the wet bowl and leaving the house with a toothpaste stripe across your abdomen, it may be time to reconsider the ease of a dressing table. Dabble’s in-house design team offers three stylish solutions to make your morning makeup application anything but routine.

Photography by Simon Burn

ONE:

Formal Evening Wear
How civilized to find a seat in front of a large gracious mirror, with everything you need for beauty close at hand. In combination with the Mica Shell wallpaper the handsome walnut wood bench, upholstered in a woven brown raffia, has just enough shimmer to make the setting sizzle. The brown glass vase holds spring tulips and a woven tray corrals grooming essentials.

Photography by Simon Burn

TWO:

Turkish Delight
Global influences abound with this ornate mother of pearl Turkish style mirror and leather clad British colonial style chair. The bronze Hindu hand keeps long necklaces tangle free and adds a sculptural element to the practical setting.

Design Tip: Found objects, such as the Hindu hand sculpture, are an ideal display for jewellery.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

THREE:

Casual Dress Code
A comfy poof or ottoman, provided it’s the right height, makes an efficient perch for makeup application and the small magnifying mirror is a great assistant. The silver tray complements the chrome studding on the seat.